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The true story featured on OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK.

Angels Three: The Karen Perry Story, a tragic and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable loss.

They were airborne for six minutes. And then they were gone.

On Thanksgiving eve 2011, Karen Perry’s life changed forever when her three young children and their father died in a plane that crashed into Superstition Mountain in Arizona. The story made national headlines and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network as part of its Super Soul Sunday series. Everyone wanted to know—how does a mother comprehend, let alone process, such a loss?

Angels Three takes readers deep inside Karen Perry’s world of aviation, the challenges of parenting special needs children, and the indescribable pain of every parent’s worst fear come true. This skilled pilot and grieving mother is left to search for clues about what happened that night, and why. Her search for the truth leads to a startling revelation, legal battle with the Federal Aviation Administration, and a troubling question: Was the crash avoidable?

From the author of Burning Shield: The Jason Schechterle Story—an “inspiring true story” (Kirkus Reviews) that “celebrates the resilience of the human spirit” (Publishers Weekly)—comes another gripping biography, a tragic and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable loss.

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Coming late January 2014

The amazing true story.

Burning Shield: The Jason Schechterle Story exemplifies the mystery and beauty of the human spirit, and the healing power of love.

When a taxi smashed into police officer Jason Schechterle’s patrol car, the fireball that consumed the vehicle should have killed him. But by a series of small miracles, Schechterle survived: Dying would have been easier. As he would learn only after his own horrific ordeal, law enforcement officers across the country were perishing in similar fires, trapped inside burning Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Schechterle, who began a long, gruesome, and gut-wrenching battle back to health, would also take on Ford Motor Company to stop the heinous and ultimately preventable deaths. Interweaving narratives of human triumph and high-stakes legal showdown, this “inspiring true story” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals a rare human being with an undeniable will to live.

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The debut novel made into a film.

Dangerous turns and rites of passage—A Huckleberry Finn for the 21st Century.

The acclaimed debut by Landon J. Napoleon called “One of the boldest and most original first novels to appear in a long time” (Carl Hiaasen).

Published to widespread critical acclaim and made into a feature film starring John Leguizamo and Oliver Platt, ZigZag is the namesake and touching tale of an unusual fifteen-year-old boy. ZigZag is autistic, with a childlike curiosity that gives him keen insights amid the chaos of his oppressive world. Beset by his abusive father, ZigZag finds refuge in his relationship with a volunteer mentor named Singer, a forklift driver who does his best to keep his unusual friend out of danger.

The action heats up when ZigZag naively steals thousands of dollars from the safe at the restaurant where he works as a dishwasher. With Singer’s help, the unlikely duo plots to return the money—but first they have to navigate a seedy underworld bent on bringing them down.

Drawing comparisons to Mark Twain and John Steinbeck—“a modern-day Of Mice and Men” (The Times, London)—Landon J. Napoleon has created a character for the ages, and a novel that is an “unaffected, moving, astonishing insight into the heart of a troubled, silent genius” (Kirkus Reviews).

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The sequel to the debut novel ZigZag.

Fast cars. Big money. A ticking clock. And one of the most compelling women in contemporary fiction.

The author of the novel ZigZag follows up with an exhilarating thrill ride that reintroduces a character from that acclaimed debut.

 

It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s world, and Jenna Jet is a twenty-something femme fatale on the run—literally. Trying to escape the lingering effects of her troubled past, and desperate for cash, Jenna heads west to play a dangerous game: driving stolen exotic imports across the nighttime desert from Phoenix to Los Angeles. She’s made the run a harrowing nine times, and the big payout—a cool hundred grand—is on ice until she delivers car number ten. One last ride before she’s out of the game for good.

But nothing is ever that simple. And everything is about to go wrong, fast.

Along the way Jenna must negotiate highway patrol, police choppers, border checkpoints, and a nasty cop who’s more interested in her than in the six-figure import she’s driving. But the biggest roadblock of all? A family secret that might just slam the brakes on everything.

Strap in for Elmore Leonard meets James Ellroy, with a dash of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, in this high-octane road novel that David S. Goyer calls “…a harrowing, hysterical, and ultimately life-affirming romp through America’s dark and desperate underbelly.”

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A courtroom showdown based on real events.

 

It’s 1970, and America has a dirty secret.

In this “briskly told and well-drawn” (Kirkus Reviews) legal drama, Landon J. Napoleon reinvents the genre popularized by Michael Connelly, John Grisham and Scott Turow, while proving that legal procedure can provide as much action, suspense and whodunit excitement as any shootout or car chase.

Human beings are being warehoused in substandard nursing homes, neglected and left to die under suspicious circumstances. But this is Phoenix in the 1970s, and no one seems to know about it, much less care. Rookie lawyer Connor J. Devlin discovers this secret world when he meets One-Armed Lucky, a Vietnam vet and bail bondsman with an uncanny knowledge of the law. Lucky refers Devlin’s new client, a heartbroken but tenacious woman who’s convinced that neglectful nursing home care killed her mother Ann, a greyhound-racing devotee and Lucky’s best friend.

But Devlin has a big problem. Taking on a nursing home for wrongful death in the 1970s—one backed by a corporation owned by a hardnosed Texas industrialist—will be almost impossible. Almost.

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The modern world and 1920s New York collide in twin narratives.

 

Coming of Age—in Two Generations.

Landon J. Napoleon, author of the “briskly told and well-drawn” legal drama The Rules of Action (Kirkus Reviews), has an uncanny ability to cross genres with distinct narrative voices. The Flatirons reconfirms that ability by weaving together two tales that leapfrog between the modern world and New York of the 1920s.

American editor Joel Quinn is living the hedonistic dream in 1990s London—sex, drugs and all-night raves—when his world is rocked: His mother is suffering the ravages of an unexpected illness, barely clinging to life. Called home to Boulder, Colorado, Quinn is confronted with grief, family, an imploding career and, most unexpectedly, a persistent Scotland Yard detective who’s investigating a crime that points to him.

As everything falls apart Quinn works to unravel the pain of coming home. Ultimately, it’s the women in Quinn’s life who point the way to what he seeks. They also begin to unlock a family mystery—one with roots in the murder, chaos and underworld of New York’s storied gangland of the 1920s.

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2 thoughts on “Books

  1. gordon barnard says:

    Great read. A well written and inspirational work. An amazing story of overcoming tremendous adversity

  2. Thank you. Readers know best, and the professional reviewers agree as this just came in from Publishers Weekly: “This enthralling biography injects the intimacy of fiction into a true story of human endurance.”

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